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Greenough StreetGreenough Street. (Changed beyond recognition)

Maidwells was a sewing factory but what did they make? Down by the side of the River Douglas was Water Heyes Electrical. The Quality Hotel now occupies this position across from where the famous old Wigan Rugby Ground was, but now is a Tesco Supermarket.

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Hi Degs hope u keepin well our band was made up of Degs on lead Bev on vocals Terry on rhythm Sam on bass me on drums good band would be good to hear from you we had some good times Darrall drummer in Minx, Wigan, UK

22nd Oct 2017

my mother elizabeth coyle (tizzy or betty) worked at maidwells in 1940s. we lived in clarence st. off orchard st.with my step father and my two sisters. she used to mend the wigan rugbyleague jerseys and shorts and sew the wembley badges on e n wignall, wigan, england

30th Jul 2015

Not much happening on the site these days so i thought it would be a good idea to register the one. thousanth comment Happy Easter to all you Greenough Streeters B.Unsworth, wigan, UK

5th Apr 2015

I was a 14 yr old in 1966 when I got my first job which was at maidwells I loved it there was some great girls there and helped me to sew my own dresses. It is where I got my finger trapped under the sewing machine needle, I nearly fainted but the girls said that I was a proper machinest now. I also fell for the one asking for rainbow cotton ha, good days. Sylvia ramsden (roe), Hindley, Lancs

30th Apr 2014

My Nan used to live in Tichborne Street,off Vaughan Street that was off Greenough street.I went to St Georges school about 1964/5 and remember Gaynor Donnaly, Glenda Morman and a lad called Jeremy.I was born left handed but forced by the elderly teacher there to right with my "proper" hand. Ruth Smith, Wigan, England

24th Jan 2014

There was also a scrap yard on Greenough street across from Maidwells factory a bit further up on the opposite side, we used to play in there as kids and get in trouble for it as we would always come home covered in oil.lol simon millea, wigan, Great Britain

21st Jan 2014

I did my hairdressing at Kathleen Heatons salon in Greenough Street, my dads shop was next door to the Jewelers shop, so different to what it is now. valerie helme, wigan, england

12th Nov 2013

Does anyone remember greenhough street football club first game it was our game against Standish b d a we played on st pats the the year was 1963,I can still name the squad,would like to hear if any of you played in it,I had to go and get sawdust from bulldog tools to mark the field we made a draw thought it was a good result,gordon gordon taylor, hindley, england

21st Aug 2013

to Cliff.H what a memory! When are you going on Mastermind? Perhaps it was all for the best really, as the money might have gone to my head!!! Er, we seem to have strayed away from Greenough Street. Mary Harper, Ambleside, United Kingdom

19th Jan 2013

**** In answer to the lovely Mary Harper **** So sorry Mary, I remember the incident only too well. As I recall it wasn,t for any jackpot but a 'Full House' and the number of the disc was 46 it occured on one Saturday night and the next morning was our weekly committee mettings. Honest man as I am, I mustered all my and said to my comrades Get churehankys out comrades as I have a mitey sad tale to confess. Clifton the Confessor Onbehalfov Clifton, Cocium, Blighty

31st Dec 2012

Does anyone know what hapened to Brian Unsworth from Sandside who wrote regularly on this topic and was a bit of a poet. Gladys, Wigan, UK

29th Dec 2012


17th Nov 2012

My sister Kathleen Ashcroft (nee Moore) used to go to the Mission Hall church down Water Heyes. On a sunday morning we would walk down the Ritz steps, along to the Little Theatre then down waterside to church. One Easter Sunday I was in my new grey Blazer, short pants and cap with a badge on and as I approached the church a gust of wind blew my cap off and it went sailing down the Duggy.Skryked my eyes out cause I knew I'd get a beltin from my dad. Keith, Wigan, England

8th Nov 2012

i remember the shop on the right hand side,where i used to take the wet battery to be charged up ,for our radio.cant remember its name though.i also remember isherwoods glogs and shoe repair shop,and mellings bike shop further down on the left ,near maidwells joe tighe, leigh, england

27th Mar 2012

Can anyone tell me when Greenough street was built? Wilkinson, Wigan, England

12th Mar 2012

Re: Cliff Higham. He used to be the bingo caller in Swinley Club. I was waiting for one number for the jackpot. I later learned he had dropped the number, he found it in his shoe when he went home! If I ever see him again I will probably kill him. Mary Harper, Ambleside, United Kingdom

12th Feb 2012

I also had a friend in Burlington street,Derek Ashcroft,and Eddie Wilkinson from Windermere st. Fred Cunliffe, Winklespruit, south africa

2nd Feb 2012

The ladies that ran lewis ice cream shop was Hilda and Phyllis.Portland street did run off turner street.Had a friend who lived in burlington st her name is Jean Marshall. Betty, wigan, uk

5th Jan 2012

i lived in westmister st my grandmother in vaughan st annie mcgarty.i remember brian bridge the tarbucks lewis icecream Hilda but cant remember the other lady that also served in the shop.did portland street run off turner st to westminster st? also remember Mr Hankin and 2 old women on turner st all kids thought they were witches Susan Baxter and Carol Wright cant remember the name of shop opposite Seddons gill adamson, blackpool, england

2nd Jan 2012

i missed a word of i ment to say where was the common tony k, wigan, g manchester

1st Aug 2011

does anbody know were the old scholes common thank you tony k, wigan, g manchester

31st Jul 2011

My mother Alice Martin who died last year age 91 worked at Maidwells for quite a long time. They made overalls for Sainsburys(not many Sainsbury shops in the north then, the overalls mostly went 'down south') The boss was Jack Claxton and the girls would call the place Fenner Fashions after an old programme that was on T.V about a sewing factory. In the sixties they also made shift dresses by the thousands and many times the girls stopped work until he gave them another penny on a dress. I remember sitting there on a Friday or Saturday watching my Mum making me a shift dress to go out in the same night.My Mum loved working at Maidwells and would have us laughing telling us about all the girls who worked there. muriel barnett, Wigan, England

7th Jul 2011

Remeber the doctors surgery?Dr Johnson and his wife,the big house they had for their surgey,and doctor Gary who had a little bob-hole in a corner And whoever was waiting next could see right into the consulting room.Mr Johnson called all the ladies maam whatever their age,and used to breathe with you during examination.He reminded you of a mad professor,but three doctors saw to hundreds of patients and the always had time for you...Those were the days. Christine, Wigan, England

5th Jul 2011

My grandparents and great grandparents lived in Water Heyes road. down by the River Douglas. I would go there all the time as a child to visit. Grand dad used to let us (my cousin and I). float paper boats dropped from the wooden bridge, then race to the other side of Greenhough st, to see them come out the other side of that bridge there. S Hart, Wigan, Lancs

27th Feb 2011

I can rember sitting on top of the toilets watching the walking days. I lived in Hill Cottage, beyond Windsor st. past Ashcrofts woodyard. Its great to see the old picture looking up greenie David Winnard, Adlington, Chorley, UK

11th Dec 2010

Cliff Blue. Speaking of Sandside. Wasnt there a bloke used to write on here who called himself Bu Bu Sandside. Where is he now? Nevin, Wigan, UK

23rd Nov 2010

Hi Ray. Roy Thomas han't got the Cherries. Its a bloke named Phill Gray. T. Porter, Wigan, GB

18th Oct 2010

Hi Clifford. I heard that Roy Thomas has just acquired the Cherry Gardens. Don't know if its true. Thought you might like to know. Would think he was a bit owd for that caper. Ray Thorpe, Wigan, GB

12th Oct 2010

Nice place Sandside Becky. Lucky to live there. Bet its very quite now the summers drawing in. Yeah the old Greenough Street community is no more. I could just go to the Lewis's now for an ice cream. Or McNabs chippy for a bag of chipa on a cowd neet. Clifford Blue, Wigan, UK

12th Oct 2010

Oh! What a shock I got whem re-visiting Greenough Street after years away from my home town. Its just a road now - all those lovely shops and community all gone. Deary me! Becky Mears, Sandside, Cumbria

6th Oct 2010

Hi, I worked at Maidwells for a short period in the 1950's, they made overalls, and very nice ones too. Under the factory was a music shop where I bought my very first Elvis record 'Dont be cruel' I worked with Shiela Smith and the Manager's name was Jack. I remember that in 1962 I was in Billinge Hospital as a patient on B2 ward and the lady in the next bed was Jack's sister. She lived in a bungalow in Winstanley, sadly I lostr touch with her. celia fairhurst, upholland, england

11th Aug 2010

Are you the famous Bernard Dowdall by any chance. If so I understand that you are quite an accomplished artist. Do you exhibit your work anywhere? I am a collector of the works of local artists. Ruby Renacre, Billinge, UK

22nd Jul 2010

I have quite a few recollections of jim Isherwood the famous Wigan artist. One vivid one when I was a young boy.I used to go to St Mary's school in Standishgate Wigan and went to my grandmothers for my dinner each day in Scholes. One day I was returning to school walking down Greenough St where his mother had a shop. As I was walking by, Jim asked me to stop and admire a portrait of Tommy Steele (with two heads) ,and the next day the picture appeared in the Daily Mirror with the caption "Artist unveils portrait of pop sensation Tommy Steele ,young admirer amazed" Years later I was working for a local Bookmaker Joe Kennedy in The Wiend,and Jim Isherwood was a regular visitor to the office,which in those days before betting shops was a credit office. He liked a bet on the horses and more often than not when it came time to settle up he invariably paid his debts by way of a painting . I dread to think of how many of his works ended up being a nice comfy resting place for Joe's two Siamese cats. A couple of years ago I came across a signed copy of Sir Gerald Nabarro's autobiography dedicated to Jim and his lady Lily ,and guess what was inside....a couple of sketches and a photograph of one of his paintings in Venice I think. Hope this is of interest Bernard Dowdall Bernard Dowdall, Wigan, England

21st Jul 2010

At least that was your story Carol. I saw you in that entry in Oxford St scoffing that ice cream! Bloo, Wigan, England

19th Jul 2010

My name is Carol Round and I lived in Oxford St, off Greenough Street. Used to be sent with a pint pot to Lewis's icecream bar and I ran home so fast the piece of 'paper' covering the ice cream had fallen off and so had all the ice cream!! I Remember Hilda and wish I had bought a painting from Isherwoods cobblers! Carol McLeod, Wigan, Lancashire

16th Jul 2010

He may well have passed on Bert. He was no chicken. Not seen him around lately. J. Barker, Wigan, GB

16th Jul 2010

What hapened to that chap called himself Bloo. he never writes any more. he was the main man in the past. or has he past on? Bert Baines, Wigan, England

15th Jul 2010

Hi John, hows your husband John. Must get quite confusing in your house, Best wishes - Walter :>). Formerly Fat Walter, Wigan, GB

10th Jul 2010

My Husband's John grandparent's owned a shop at 49 Greenough St. John's father was the youngest of their 5 children. William Bernard Ashurst born 1911 was awarded the MBE from the Queen at Buckingham Palace in 1953. We would like to know the maiden name of John's grandmother if anyone knows we would love know. John Ashurst, vilafranca del penedse, spain

14th Jun 2010

Brian Unsworths mother had Florries shop on the corner of Kay Street I think. A green grocers shop. T. Fairhurst, Wigan, UK

28th May 2010

Brian Unsworth will be getting on a bit now. Between 73 and 75 I'd guess. Think he was a St Georges lad but not sure. Think is parents had a shop in Greenough Street. He wnt to Whelley school later on. D. Varey, Wigan, GB

26th May 2010

Wonder what hapened to that chap who used to dominate this page. Think his name was Brian Unsworth. Used to boast a lot about his prowess at football and about a boat he had in Windermere. Yeah he boasted a lot about living in the lake district. He hated grammar school boys and had a habit of falling out with all the other contributors. Then he began to post his poetry on the site. I think that was the last the straw for most folk, think they gave up posting comments in case they encouraged him. Then I think an ex-grammar school boy posted a dodgy limerick on the site and everyone blamed Brian for it. He started signing himself B.U. from Sandside. I think thats a place in the Lake District. Anyway he eventually began to relate to himself as Bu or Boo Sandside. He suddendly stopped posting comments. Its funny he must have been the main initiator or should I say "agent provocateur" to the site because not many have contributed since he stopped. Its a pity, you could argue that every pantomine needs a villain. Jon Summers, Wigan, UK

18th May 2010

Hi Babs. Can confirm Cliff is still around. I saw him a couple of Saturdays ago sat outside the Cherry Gardens pub. Rita, Wigan, Great Britain

6th May 2010

He's still around Babs. I drove past him walking up Mesnes Road a few days ago. Joe Hill, Wigan, England

4th May 2010

Does any one know if Cliffy Higham is still around? Babs A., Bedford, UK

1st May 2010

Hello Betty, thanks for asking but thankfully BU is doing ok. Hes out of hospital now and slowly but surely getting better. sandra johnstone, wigan, england

27th Mar 2010

Hello Mrs Johnstone. Sorry to hear Brian isnt well. How is he doing now. Hope he's up and about. Betty Powell, Wigan, UK

14th Feb 2010

Yeah I remember Tucker. What you up to these days. Yatesy, Wigan, UK

3rd Feb 2010

My dad bought my first tranny from Lenningans. It ran on this big block of a battery. I used to take it into Lewises Ice Scream bar and play radio luxemburg. I remember getting Hilda up and bopping to Dont Be Cruel. Fantastic days. Tucker McKnight, wigan, england

2nd Feb 2010

Same here Tez. We always whupped St Catherines good at St Georges. Later at the Grammar School we stuffed the same numpties when they went to Whelley School. Chris Higham, Wigan, GB

24th Jan 2010


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